alexa Foreign Body Mimicking Sacral Tumour: Gauze Retained After the Lumbar Disc Surgery Performed 31 Years Ago
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Foreign Body Mimicking Sacral Tumour: Gauze Retained After the Lumbar Disc Surgery Performed 31 Years Ago

Sedat Dalbayrak1, Salim Şentürk2*, Onur Yaman2, Mesut Yılmaz3 and Ali Fahir Özer2

1Department of Neurosurgery, Neurospinal Academy, Istanbul, Turkey

2Deparment of Neurosurgery, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey

3Department of Neurosurgery, Neurospinal Academy, Istanbul, Turkey

*Corresponding Author:
Salim Şentürk
Deparment of Neurosurgery
Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: 0905058727579
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: April 06, 2016; Accepted date: May 28, 2016; Published date: Mar 30, 2016

Citation: Dalbayrak S, Sentürk S, Yaman O, YIlmaz M and Ozer AF (2016) Foreign Body Mimicking Sacral Tumour: Gauze Retained After the Lumbar Disc Surgery Performed 31 Years Ago. J Spine 5:307. doi:10.4172/2165-7939.1000307

Copyright: © 2016 Dalbayrak S, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



It is quite rare for foreign bodies retained after surgery to display tumour-like clinical and radiological findings. A 60 year-old female patient presented to the clinic with low-back and left hip pain. She had undergone lumbar disc surgery 31 years ago. She had pain in her low-back and left hip for 3 months. The patient’s CT and MRI showed a well-defined mass lesion at left posterior S2-S3, measuring 3.5 to 4 cm, with circumferential scattered contrast enhancement, which extended to the canal and caused bone erosion. Only when the mass was completely resected with its circumference, it was found out that it was the gauze retained after the surgical procedure. Our case is the oldest one in the neurosurgery and spinal surgery literature, which showed clinical findings 31 years after the lumbar disc surgery.


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